Weight ploy will backfire - Shane Cameron

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:00 18/11/2012
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TRAINING: Shane Cameron isn't happy about fighting in the 'Danny Division'

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Shane Cameron wants to punish Danny Green for making him fight in the "Danny Division" for a world title on Wednesday.

Cameron and Green contest the vacant IBO cruiserweight belt in Melbourne.

Normally set at a limit of 90.7kg, Cameron has to go under 89kg at Tuesday's weigh-in under the fight contract set up by Green Machine Promotions.

"Yeah, it's the Danny Division and it's been around for a little while. He calls the shots . . . it makes him feel good, I suppose" Cameron said of Green's ploy to try to depower his natural heavyweight punching ability.

Cameron reckons that will backfire and is determined to be the one firing the shots in the ring.

"Obviously Danny reckons, the lighter I am, the weaker I get. But it's no problem, it's not playing with my mind or my body. I'm feeling great. If he wants to play these games I'll punish him for making me lose the weight."

Green's tactic is legal under the IBO regulations, and he used it when defending the belt against undefeated American B J Flores in 2010. Flores even had to discard his underpants and strip completely naked to meet his 88.5kg mark.

Green's gamesmanship doesn't stop there. He's also demanded this week's title bout be fought in the biggest ring possible, clearly looking to maximise his speed and mobility. Look for Green to use his notorious jab to try to score points and then force Cameron into a chasing game.

"It doesn't worry me," Cameron said. "I've been training in that sized ring at my gym. I'm comfortable with that. It's my office and I'm ready to go to work. It's a fight I want to dictate . . . I want to set the pace."

Cameron's is now in tapering mode and his training is restricted to a few runs around Melbourne and hitting the hand mitts with coach Henry Schuster in his hotel room.

"I've got a big room, we move the couch here and there and get into it. I've always done it that way . . . there are no distractions, no one at another gym watching me. I can play my own music and just focus on what I need to do."

Cameron knows he's in enemy territory but believes there will be plenty of Kiwis supporting him ringside at Hisense Arena.

But, as with any away assignment in boxing, Cameron also realises he will need to be totally dominant to sway the judges.

"I don't want to leave it up to the judges. If I can put him away early, that would be great. If not, I'll have to win it round by round. I've prepared to go 12 rounds, I know that won't be a problem."

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Cameron is four years younger than Green. He doesn't have the Australian's experience,which includes three world titles in three different weight divisions. But Cameron is adamant he has the punch and sheer determination to win against a boxer who has lost two of his last three fights in uncharacteristically sloppy manner

"I just feel this fight is all about timing and this is good timing for me," Cameron said.

I've been waiting all of my boxing career . . . 15 years . . . for this day. I'm not going to let anything get in the way of that.

"I've prepared for the best Danny Green there is . . . I've left no stone unturned."

- Sunday Star Times

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